We’ve seen several leaks and rumors recently pointing to Samsung’s metal-framed Galaxy Alpha. Early rumors claimed the first metal phone would be a variant of the GS5, but the Alpha appears to be a very different animal with a 4.8-inch 720p display, 32GB storage, a finger-print reader and likely mid-range specs all around.
So what else do we know about the Galaxy Alpha? For one thing, the phone has a metal frame but seems to stick to the plastic back cover design of the Galaxy S5 with a few minor aesthetic tweaks. For another, we know it is coming soon. We’ve been hearing “mid-August” for a bit now, but according to SamMobile, the device will actually be unveiled August 4th, which is this coming Monday.
Honestly, the timing seems to fit pretty well, especially considering that the Galaxy Note 4 is just around the corner with an expected September IFA announcement, and the next-gen iPhones are also on their way. By revealing the Galaxy Alpha now, Samsung can soak up the attention it will get for going “metal” and win over those that want a device that has both a premium design and a smaller screen than typical Samsung devices. Once the Alpha falls out of the spotlight? Samsung can jump back in with the Note 4.
Keep in mind that Samsung has yet to officially confirm the Galaxy Alpha and its rumored August 4th date isn’t set in stone, though we wouldn’t be surprised if the date is correct. Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye out and will hopefully be able to bring you more details come Monday.